The New Zealand government has little appreciation of the importance of coastal shipping to the local economy, Annabel Young, executive director of the NZ Shipping Federation argues in today’s Maritime CEO profile.
The federation has been around since 1907 and represents coastal shipping and today has nine members.
Young’s background includes stints as a lawyer and an accountant as well as two terms as a member of parliament.
When she left parliament she wrote The Good Lobbyist’s Guide, which is still the only book about lobbying in New Zealand.
“We feel that the government has no interest in coastal shipping and does not put enough effort into any maritime policy,” Young tells Maritime CEO.
“New Zealand is a maritime nation and maritime transport is vital to our economy,” she continues.
A key project at the federation at the moment is promoting the need for a larger drydock located in New Zealand.